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Race – and Place Matters for Health. This is Not New Information. Unless –as a society -- We Pay Attention, these will continue to have Devastating Effects. In the long-term These Effects will Affect Us All.
“In 2001, David R. Williams and Chiquita Collins called racial residential segregation “a fundamental cause” of health disparities. For some time researchers had known socioeconomic status (SES) was linked to health inequalities. But what they had not asked, Williams and Collins point out, was what causes racial disparities in SES.” Read more at the article linked below.
Race – and Place – Matters for Health - PLOS.org, Jason Silverstein, 12/11/2012
A child is born in the United States. How much information do you need to predict her future health?
To predict if she will enjoy a healthy life? If she will die an early death? Racial residential segregation impacts socioeconomic status, which impacts what social systems a person enters or exits (such as the school system, the labor market, and the criminal justice system). These life chances, when limited or constrained, deeply affect health. As poverty increases, joblessness increases, social organization decreases, and negative health outcomes increase. Poor health further removes residents of segregated neighborhoods from the labor market and, thus, adds to an accumulating amount of disadvantages.